Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson won the 2016 Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King, Coretta Scott King illustrator Honor, and is a New York Times #1 Bestseller. This book is about CJ and his grandma. CJ wonders why he can’t have a car like his friend, an iPod like the other boys on the bus, and why they have to get off on the dirtiest part of town. But CJ’s grandma helps him see and appreciate all the beauty that is around him. This is a wonderful and uplifting story about appreciating the beauty thats is all over. It opens up your eyes to seeing all the incredible things that this world has to offer and that what makes you different helps make you beautiful. This is a great story that positively highlights diversity, including race, social class, and abilities and all through a child’s perspective. I would recommend this story to all ages, specifically 3 and older.

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